Two More Deaths In North Complex Fire, Winds Complicate Firefighters' Efforts

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Fire crews have yet to turn the tide against the devastating North Complex wildfire burning in Butte County.

Two more people have been confirmed dead, bringing the total number of deaths in this fire to 14. Sonoma County Sheriff-Coroner Kory Honea confirmed Sunday evening that an additional 13 people are still missing.

Meanwhile six people have been arrested for looting in the evacuation zone. Stolen items included a generator, people’s mail and several marijuana plants, all of which were recovered.

Winds are expected to pick up again Monday, making the firefight in even more difficult.

“A Red Flag warning has been issued for Monday and Monday evening for breezy conditions, hotter temperatures, an unstable air mass and poor humidity recoveries at night,” said Dan Borsum, meteorologist with NOAA. Wind gusts of up to 35 mph are in the forecast.

And the thick smoke covering much of the state is hampering efforts to fight the fire from the air.

“Unfortunately there’s no time in the near future that we’re going to be able to get either fixed wing or rotor wing, which are helicopters, into the air to help our folks on the ground,” explained CAL FIRE Division Chief Ron Bravo.

More than 450 structures have burned, mostly homes.